Hot Air Balloon Ride
After an early morning pickup from your Luxor hotel or cruise ship, transfer to the hot air balloon launch site on the west bank of the Nile River. On arrival, enjoy some light pre-flight snack and refreshments, and meet your expert pilot and ground crew. After a comprehensive safety briefing, step into the balloon’s sturdy basket with your pilot and fellow passengers. Then, feel your adrenaline surge as the brightly colored balloon rises into the still-dark sky for your approximate 30 to 45-minute flight. Soak up the jaw-dropping, aerial views just as the sun peers over the east bank of the Nile River. Look to the east to see the pillars of Karnak Temple greet the morning sun and then turn west to admire Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple cast in the glow of dawn. View the Colossi of Memnon rising from the nearby then take in the Valley of the Queens nestled in the craggy mountains. Float over the Ramesseum, the impressive funerary temple of Pharaoh Ramses II, and gaze down at its pylons, statues, and courtyards. After a safe touchdown, head back to Luxor where your experience ends with a drop-off at your hotel or ship in time for breakfast and your morning tour departures.